Big shift for West Brom fans as Salomon Rondon viewpoint significantly changes – Comments
Salomon Rondon is a man in form.
The striker has nine goals in his last 19 Premier League matches, as well as five assists this season.
On Saturday that club form carried over into his international action, an excellent performance and brilliant goal helping Venezuela to win 3-1, only their second ever win over Argentina.
Less than seven weeks until the end of the season and both Newcastle and West Brom supporters are still in the dark as to what will happen with Salomon Rondon and also Dwight Gayle.
The NUFC striker has also done very well, 16 goals in 26 Championship starts (plus five sub appearances).
Whilst the debate earlier in the season was overwhelmingly for West Brom fans about the positives of Dwight Gayle and the weaknesses of Salomon Rondon. The recent goalscoring and overall form of Rondon has seen a bit of a change in the debate from Baggies supporters about their forward.
Interesting to hear what they are saying and the majority now maybe appreciating more the ability Salomon Rondon has, though very few believe there is any chance of him ever playing for West Brom again.
The question for Newcastle fans of course is whether Mike Ashley will allow Rafa Benitez to pay the striker’s release clause, which in turn could/would help persuade the NUFC boss to stay.
‘Benteke, Jimenez, Dack etc all valued much higher. Rondon better than all.’
‘Only one year on his contract though? £16m would seem about right for one year?’
‘Yes I would say so. Someone will be meeting the release clause of £16.5m.
If we are still in the Championship I hope Newcastle or someone else meets it early so we can build our own plans.’
‘The Everton interest that could impact this transfer between West Brom and Newcastle United
Oh, I hope there’s a bidding war. Tony Cascarino said he was worth £50m earlier in the week
I realise he has a £16m buyout clause before anyone mentions it, but just wondering and hoping, but would like to keep him.’
‘I try not to, but so often I wonder how many he would had scored for us in the Championship this season.
Then I saw the run he made, ball control he showed, and goal he scored in 5 minutes vs Argentina and it made me REALLY wonder.’
‘He’d have around 30 goals imo. Would have allowed us to go long at times when we had no plan B. Championship defenders are so poor too.
Alas as I said when it looked like we’d go down he would not countenance playing at this level as he is too good for it and so it came to pass.’
‘The attacking football we have played for most of this season would have been manna from heaven for Rondon, and I think he would have been the difference between top 2 and top 6.
Unfortunately we will probably lose him even if we do go up as, even at 30, he represents great value for £16 million, a snip in Premier League terms.
Still can’t believe the number of people on here who were unable to appreciate what he bought to the team.’
‘Very convenient memories imo. 30 goals? Barn doors and banjos spring to mind.’
‘IMO he’d be around 20 max. Would only be as good as the crosses and opportunities provided to him.
Seen him miss way too many open goals to think he is worth more than 16 million.’
‘I can’t recall ever seeing him miss an “open goal”, do you have an example of the many times?’
‘The guy has an amazing work rate and holds the ball up well but he is not a 30 goals a season man and never has been.’
‘Rondon shots and goals stats are up on where they were with us. That is the key if you compare his scoring output with an acknowledged world class striker say Aguero he scores roughly half the goals off a bit less than half the shots.
‘Conclusions Aguero is on an elite team and is getting a lot more shooting opportunities but is converting at a better rate (haven’t factored xg in here so quality of shooting opportunity is assumed to be equal).
Rondon is on a mid to lower ranking side which is fairly defensive (as opposed to ultra defensive with us) and his output reflects that. Were you to swap the two players my guess that Rondon would outscore Aguero but not by a factor of 2.
Unleased on fairly brittle Championship defences in an attack orientated team it is reasonable to assume is he would score a lot but that is kind of academic.’
‘Personally don’t like a striker who isn’t chomping at the bit to take a pen.
It shows a lack of desire to increase his goal tally and a laziness of not wanting to train harder on them to improve.’
‘He does not want to play for us , and he has made that very clear.’
‘Handicapped by our lack of attacking midfielders with the injury records of Morrison, Chadli and Phillips.
Often looked as though his finishing for us suffered through being totally knackered from his workload up front. Maybe Newcastle have put an extra couple of percent on his fitness.’
‘Head and shoulders above anything in the Championship. I’ve never had a bad word to say about the guy, we won’t be seeing anyone as good as him leading the line for a long time if we fail to go up this season.
Just feel a bit sorry for him that his only chances in England have been in an embarrassing Pulis set up and a defensive Benitez team.
Someone will pay the £16m buy out clause in the summer and by some miracle we might have a half-decent manager in place to spend it.’
‘I thought the guy was great, his work rate and holding the ball up some of the best I’ve seen, there’s one thing you can’t call him though and that’s clinical.’
‘He’s a good player and everything but he clearly wants to stay at Newcastle.’
‘He is showing what a great player he is now that his team mates are passing the ball to him. He had a terrible time here under the Pulis-Pardew regimes on his own up front and having to chase thin air with little reward. No wonder he doesn’t want to come back.’
‘He doesn’t want to be here. If you don’t realise that you are deluded. If history has taught Albion anything it is players that don’t want to be here are as useful as chocolate teapots. You won’t see the Newcastle’s Rondon at the Albion.
‘I’d welcome him back, he’s a great striker. If Newcastle don’t want to pay the going rate for him then someone else can, otherwise he’s contracted to us and can see out his contract.
‘He is a unit and given support he could be unplayable.’
‘No thank you, Dwight Gayle is a better player.’
‘If we get promotion we keep him and sign Gayle on a permanent deal.’
‘Cannot believe anyone wouldn’t want him back. He’s a fantastic player and never disrespected us. I don’t think he will play for us though unless we are promoted. He will be very popular amongst clubs.’
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